iPad Apps Provide Mobile Tools for Military Veterans' Caregivers

By Brian T. Horowitz  |  Posted 2013-09-06

The Department of Veterans Affairs is working on a yearlong pilot to see how iPads help more than 1,000 family caregivers tend to injured post-9/11 veterans. The department has distributed 900 iPads to caregivers, and it's developing mobile apps to help veterans manage their care. These apps include a journaling tool that allows caregivers to track vital signs and patient-generated data, as well as a summary-of-care app that enables veterans and their caregivers to view lab results, medications, allergies, and information on past and upcoming appointments. The VA will study the use of the apps to see how they affect caregivers' stress levels, according to the agency. "The goal is to better support the caregivers in their difficult job of providing care," Kathleen Frisbee, director of Web and mobile solutions in the Veterans Health Administration, told eWEEK. The VA will issue its first report in six months and a final report in a year regarding how effective the apps are in reducing caregivers' burdens. In addition, the VA will study how use of the iPad affects admissions, the amount of outpatient and emergency room visits, as well as clinic no-show rates, Frisbee said. Here eWEEK takes a look at the iPad apps the VA has built and how they might help caregivers.


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